8 December 2008
Amid ever slicker websites selling this, promoting that, and informing you about those, Zombie & Mummy
layers old-school graphic satire that tells a funny little story. Literally, in fact, as this project copies preexisting webpages and collages small cartoon story boxes into their midst. One navigates the site by choosing from several pathsZombie & Mummy make a homepage, Zombie & Mummy celebrate Christmas, Zombie & Mummy go to ZKM, to name a fewand then finding the corresponding comic scroll smack where it doesnt belong. The juxtaposition between the cartoons scratchy, layered, black-and-white drawing style and the digital smoothness or tackiness of the sampled websites is stark, as is the way one navigates the comic story: by scrolling to the right, more akin to the experience of looking at a Chinese scroll painting than a computer screen. Scrolling was a noun before it was a verb. The surprise of finding these stories would be all the bolder, however, if Zombie & Mummy were hackers instead of makers of their own site: imagine finding their tale as a pop-up window the next time you visited Amazon.com.